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Edwards agrees to July 31 end to federal unemployment aid

Jun. 16, 2021 19:26 PM EDT

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Gov. John Bel Edwards has agreed to turn off federal pandemic unemployment payments at the end of July in exchange for a long-term, modest boost to Louisiana's jobless benefits, announcing Wednesday that he's signed a bill that makes the trade. ...

Whitmer: Reinstate incentive so companies can hire workers

Jun. 16, 2021 18:44 PM EDT

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday asked Michigan lawmakers to reinstate certain employers' ability to hire new workers who, while working, would still get a $300-a-week unemployment benefit into early September. The governor this week has been...

Fed sees earlier time frame for rate hikes with inflation up

Jun. 16, 2021 18:19 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Federal Reserve signaled Wednesday that it may act sooner than previously planned to start dialing back the low-interest-rate policies that have helped fuel a swift rebound from the pandemic recession but have also coincided with rising inflation. ...

In California, get a vaccination, ride a roller coaster

Jun. 16, 2021 18:00 PM EDT

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California is giving away more goodies to people who get coronavirus vaccinations and plans to make it easier to show who has been inoculated as health officials and businesses encourage people to get their shots so they can fully partake in the state's newly...

The Latest: COVID-19 cases rise in Missouri tourist areas

Jun. 16, 2021 16:38 PM EDT

O’FALLON, Mo. — A swath of southern Missouri is seeing a big rise in coronavirus cases and hospitalizations at just the wrong time — as tourists eager to get out after being cooped up for a year make their way to popular destinations like Branson and Lake of the Ozarks. ...

Latinas left workforce at highest rate, see slow recovery

Jun. 16, 2021 14:28 PM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — Teresa Marez spent 14 years building a strong clientele base as a hair stylist in San Antonio. When her son, who is autistic, had to switch to virtual learning because of the pandemic, she quit her job to help him. It’s been 10 months, and the clients...

Washington unemployment rate dipped to 5.3% in May

Jun. 16, 2021 13:40 PM EDT

OLYMPIA, Wash. (AP) — Washington’s unemployment rate dipped slightly to 5.3 % last month, and the state added 8,300 jobs, officials announced Wednesday. The Employment Security Department said that May's rate was down slightly from April's revised 5.4% rate. ...

Lawsuit challenges Indiana governor's unemployment decision

Jun. 16, 2021 12:37 PM EDT

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Two legal organizations are seeking to stop Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb from dropping out of the federal program providing an extra $300 in weekly payments to unemployed workers and other programs that expanded unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. ...

Want a job? Employers say: Talk to the computer

Jun. 15, 2021 19:37 PM EDT

A day after her interview for a part-time job at Target last year, Dana Anthony got an email informing her she didn't make the cut. Anthony didn't know why — a situation common to most job seekers at one point or another. But she also had no sense at all of how the...

Employment Department’s domain registration expires

Jun. 15, 2021 18:22 PM EDT

PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) — The Oregon Employment Department’s website for posting economic data went away over the weekend, apparently because the state didn’t renew the registration for its domain name. The loss of Oregon’s qualityinfo.org page didn’t affect...